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Hopes city bus service will be saved

Subsidies for Ripons 131, 132 and 134 services will be withdrawn from May 10.

Subsidies for Ripons 131, 132 and 134 services will be withdrawn from May 10.

Ripon’s city centre bus services might still be saved despite their subsidies being withdrawn amid a raft of cuts totalling nearly £2m.

Ripon’s city centre bus services might still be saved despite their subsidies being withdrawn amid a raft of cuts totalling nearly £2m.

The 131, 132 and 134 – which serve the Lark Lane, Gallows Hill and Lead Lane areas of the city – were among nearly 180 services across the county which had funding taken away as councillors wielded the axe at a meeting on Tuesday.

But North Yorkshire County Council has confirmed negotiations are ongoing with the bus operator, Eddie Brown, on whether services can continue to be provided on a commercial basis.

Speaking to the Gazette yesterday, Richard Owens, the council’s assistant director for Integrated Passenger Transport, said: “We can’t say anything more than that at the moment but we hope to be able to give further information in the next couple of weeks.”

The subsidies for the 131, 132 and 134 are set to be withdrawn from May 10.

North Yorkshire County Council launched a consultation on its proposals to withdraw the subsidies across North Yorkshire in August in the wake of major cuts in funding support from central Government.

A petition signed by more than 2,000 people protesting the cuts to the three Ripon bus services was handed to the chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, Coun Bernard Bateman, in November by Ripon South representative Coun Peter Horton.

Coun Horton said: “I probably did expect the decision to cut the subsidies because we knew how much they needed to cut from expenditure.

“Our petition of 2,155 people was by far the biggest handed in from anywhere in the county but it has still not stopped them withdrawing the subsidy – how much more can you do?

“There will be lots of disappointment everywhere among our customers – the voters.”

 

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